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Statement on HB 32 Passing the Kentucky House

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates With today’s passage of House Bill 32 to enact a tax on e-cigarette products, the Kentucky House strengthened their commitment to facing the youth e-cigarette use epidemic head on. E-cigarettes put our young people at risk of nicotine addiction, serious lung injury or disease, and other harmful health outcomes. In 2018, the Kentucky General Assembly made a much [...]

By |2020-02-26T17:10:09-05:00February 26th, 2020|Health, News Room|

Statement on SB 45 Passing House Health and Family Services Committee

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Teaching kids healthy habits early nurtures their development and sets them up for a lifetime of healthy choices. Today, the House Health and Family Services Committee reinforced those ideals by supporting Senate Bill 45, sponsored by Senator Danny Carroll, which seeks to strengthen licensed child care center standards on healthy eating and drinking, active play, and limited screen [...]

By |2020-02-20T12:17:58-05:00February 20th, 2020|Education, Health, News Room|

Statement on HB 32 Passing House Appropriations and Revenue Committee

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates E-cigarette usage among Kentucky youth has surged in recent years, putting thousands of our young people at risk of nicotine addiction, serious lung injury or disease, and other harmful health outcomes. Since advocates raised the alarm of the e-cigarette epidemic, the Kentucky legislature has demonstrated their commitment to facing it head on. The House Appropriations and Revenue emphasized [...]

By |2020-02-11T10:37:56-05:00February 11th, 2020|Health, News Room|

Statement on HB 22 Passing the Kentucky House

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Corporal punishment does not create a more disciplined learning environment, nor does it change student behavior. Instead it traumatizes kids and creates school climates that are less disciplined and trauma-sensitive. This misguided form of punishment has immediate and long-lasting impacts on the child’s physical and mental health, behavior, and educational outcomes. The Kentucky House took a courageous and [...]

By |2020-02-07T09:20:57-05:00February 7th, 2020|Child Welfare & Safety, Education, News Room|

Statement on SB 87 Passing Kentucky Senate

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates An efficient and effective youth justice system holds kids accountable, helps them grow up to become contributing members of their community, and increases public safety. While Kentucky has made strides in improving the youth justice system, critical opportunities still persist. And the Kentucky Senate took an important step today to continue progress. We applaud Senator Whitney Westerfield for [...]

By |2020-02-05T15:26:40-05:00February 5th, 2020|News Room, Youth Justice|

Statement on HB 22 Passing House Education Committee

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Corporal punishment does not create a more orderly learning environment. It does not change behavior. What it does do is traumatize kids, and it actually creates school climates that are less orderly and disciplined. That is why we so enthusiastically commend the House Education Committee for its courageous step today in passing House Bill 22, sponsored by Representative [...]

By |2020-02-04T08:35:27-05:00February 4th, 2020|Child Welfare & Safety, Education, News Room|

Statement on SB 45 Passing Kentucky Senate

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates With many Kentucky children spending a majority of their day in early childhood programs, parents and providers alike agree on the importance of a nurturing and healthy child care environment. Today, the Kentucky Senate honored that idea by supporting Senate Bill 45, sponsored by Senator Danny Carroll, which seeks to strengthen licensed child care center standards on healthy [...]

By |2020-02-03T16:22:58-05:00February 3rd, 2020|Education, Health, News Room|

Statement on SB 87 Passing Senate Judiciary Committee

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Kentucky is a leader in youth justice system reforms in many ways, but there are some practices still in use that we now know do not achieve the best outcomes for kids or communities. Just as a bicycle works best when it uses the right gear for the terrain, our juvenile justice system should use different responses for [...]

By |2020-01-30T10:21:52-05:00January 30th, 2020|News Room, Youth Justice|

Statement on SB 40 Passing Senate Health and Welfare Committee

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates The Commonwealth has made strides in child welfare system reforms, but when it comes to protecting kids from abuse, we have a long way to go. That’s why Senate Bill 40 is so important – it closes fault lines in the system to protect children in foster care from harm and does so in a direct and pragmatic [...]

By |2020-01-29T10:54:28-05:00January 29th, 2020|Child Welfare & Safety, News Room|

Statement on SB 45 Passing Senate Health and Welfare Committee

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates All kids, no matter where they grow up or receive child care, deserve healthy food and time for active play. Today, the Senate Health and Welfare Committee honored that need by supporting Senate Bill 45, sponsored by Senator Danny Carroll. With many Kentucky children spending a majority of their day in early childhood programs, SB 45 seeks to [...]

By |2020-01-29T10:12:41-05:00January 29th, 2020|Education, Health, News Room|